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All our interview days this year are virtual – but they are still a great opportunity for you to meet staff and discover more about the student experience and opportunities here at Reading School of Art.

We will be continually updating our website and social media with interviews on different aspects of our department and life in Reading and beyond from our students, alumni and staff, so please follow us using the links below.

Digital portfolio submission 

Prior to the interview you will be asked to submit a digital portfolio. For full guidance on what your portfolio should include and the file format your portfolio should be in, please see the detailed information below.

How will the interview take place?

Applicants for BA Art, BA Fine Art and all our joint programmes will be called for a one-to-one interview which will take place online via Microsoft Teams, the platform used by the University for remote communication. We will send you a link and specific time for your interview once you have booked your preferred date through our online application system.

• The interview provides an opportunity for you to show your work, discuss your ideas, enthusiasms and ambitions.

• The interview will last up to 30 minutes.

• You will be interviewed by a member of academic staff from the Art Department, who will discuss your portfolio of work, interest in art, and reasons for applying to your chosen course/s.

• One of the aims of the interview is to establish which programme is right for you.

• As well as discussing your own work, you will be asked about recent exhibitions you have seen and contemporary artists that are of importance to you.

• The interviewer may also want to hear about your other interests and how they have influenced your thinking.

• This is also an opportunity for you to ask questions about the programme, how it is taught, assessed, our studio and facilities, and elements such as work placement, study abroad and career trajectories.

Digital portfolio guidelines

You will need to submit a portfolio of your artwork along with your application. This is a vital part of your assessment. You will be sent instructions as to where to upload your portfolio during the application process.

A portfolio is a collection of your work that shows how your skills and ideas have developed over a period of time. It should demonstrate your creativity, personality, abilities and commitment, and helps us to evaluate your potential.

Your digital portfolio should show a full range of your recent work, including current, and perhaps, unfinished pieces. Be sure to include any work that you have done independently including images from your sketch books if you use them. 

Portfolio tips 

• We are particularly interested in your most recent work – even if it is unfinished – and work you have produced independently and in your own time.

• Take time with your selection when putting the portfolio together. Do not include everything you have ever done, but a good, clear selection that represents your abilities – the quality of the work is more important than the quantity.

• Demonstrate your personal interest.

• Show your technical skills.

• Demonstrate an understanding of contemporary practice.

• Keep your portfolio up to date – don't include very old work.

• We would like to see some images of your sketchbook pages, worksheets and drawings.

• Please supply title, media, date and dimensions of each piece.

• If working with film, you can upload videos online, and include a link to short extracts in your digital portfolio.

• Your portfolio should demonstrate your ability to research through meaningful investigation. Please include reference materials and show your arguments to justify the result.

Technical guidelines

• Please ensure that the overall file size is no greater than 20MB (you can save images as viewable onscreen, rather than print quality).

• All portfolio images should be arranged into one, single PowerPoint or PDF file, and not as separate files/folders.

• You can also email a link to your website if you have one.

• Please ensure that all images are clearly captioned with name of artist (including yourself), title of work, media, date and dimensions of each piece, and any other relevant information, such as work in progress or preparatory sketch.

• We do not require a specific quantity of images, but ask that you make a carefully edited selection that fully represents the scope of your development, investigations and achievements. 

Who should I contact if I have further queries?

Shortly before your interview day, you will receive an email from the Department with details of how to log on for your sessions.

If you have any other queries before the interview day, please contact admissionssupport@reading.ac.uk.

For further information about our programmes and about studying in the Department of Art, please visit our undergraduate courses page.

We look forward to meeting you at one our interview days soon!